Sep 3, 2010 11:30pm PDT
. and the popular tourist spot cape cod. reporter jennifer davis is live tonight in chat ham, massachusetts. good evening, jennifer. >> reporter: good evening. well, you know it has been raining pretty consistently here for several hours. at times those bands were pretty strong. but you are right, this storm was nowhere near as big or as strong as many had expected just a few days ago. still, the governor says even if it didn't reach category one status, this was still a very serious storm. >> we have had them before and we will have them again. >> reporter: after whipping the north carolina coastline with heavy wind and rain earl may be weakening at a quicker pace than expected. warnings are in effect around cape cod as well as martha's vineyard and nantucket. >> you can go out to an existing area shelter that has been set up at the high school. and they have snacks and drinks until we know exactly what's going to happen with the storm. >> reporter: the national hurricane center says most of earl's strong winds are expected to stay off cape cod. that's good news for those in the area. >> it can'
Sep 4, 2010 11:30pm PDT
where residents were preparing for a direct hit. jennifer davis reports. >> reporter: the east coast braced for a blowout, but earl just blew on by. cape cod woke up tie gorgeous day and now it's time to get back to business as unusual. earl weakening from a mighty hurricane to a tropical storm, still bringing with it plenty of wind and waves, but not nearly enough to bother weather- warned new englanders used to rougher weather. >> it's okay. >> reporter: did you notice it? >> not really. there were thunderstorms worse than that. >> reporter: signs came down in preparation for what could have been a serious blast with hurricane-force wind and rain burb those same signs are going back up and business owners hope it could be an economic viable labor day weekend. >> this was a nothing storm, as you might think. we have regular windy days here that are 50 miles per hour winds, southwesterly, not northeasterly, but this was a real bust. >> reporter: massachusetts suffered a few hundred power outages and flooding in low laying areas, but no major damage reports. what is now tropical st